|Project by vipond33||posted 04-01-2012 04:05 AM||4303 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
We hired a new designer/project manager here today at work, a Scandinavian guy named Loof Lirpa. His name was a bit odd and so was his approach to woodworking. He said he was very forward thinking but I think he got it all backwards. This is his first (and only) project. What a strange one it was.
Right away he brought in this really rich client who said (according to Loof) that he wanted something nice and useful but very unusual. So after a bit I was given plans to make three simple, sturdy but quietly elegant Ikoro benches for a sauna.
Fair enough, but then they were also to have 1/4” MDF edging on them, unsanded and unfinished! WTF?
It didn’t seem to matter to him that MDF was unbelievably poorly suited for this task in a humid environment and what’s with the cheap junk over nice wood anyway? Loof replied that the owner was probably feeling a little guilty at having more money than anyone sensible knew what to do with, so he was expressing his solidarity with the common working man by using this most basic material. If we had to live with it, so would he. Uh, sure. So can we Occupy his sauna?
I managed to talk Mr.Lirpa into a few grooves to help it out a bit appearance-wise and it was only applied (surreptitiously) with double faced (no good, lying, hypocritical) tape so that we could rip it off cleanly next week, but out the door it went.
I get paid by the hour, those were interesting ones (all 24 of them), and if any LJ here can say why he was really fired (the next day by our boss) then you win a small prize. i.e. My admiration at both your quick wits and patience with this elaborate post.
(I’m channeling Moment here I think)
Build on LJ’s.
A young Loof
Middle aged and a bit tired of being made a laughingstock
Old age, resigned to it, just after being fired
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